Khalia Collier Named Honorary Race Chair for Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k
St. Louis native Khalia Collier, owner and general manager of St. Louis’ professional basketball team, the St. Louis Surge, was named the honorary race chair for the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k race taking place on Saturday, November 17 at Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis.
The largest timed 5k in Missouri, the 10th largest 5k in the United States and the largest Girls on the Run 5k in the country, the bi-annual Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL) 5k Race benefits the Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund. This year, more than 80 percent of participating girls will receive full or partial scholarships totaling nearly $385,000. More than 6,000 runners are expected to participate in the November event. Of these, 2,300 are girls who are participating in GOTR this fall across 23 counties in Missouri and Illinois.
“Girls on the Run St. Louis is honored to have Ms. Collier part of our 5k celebration this fall season as we celebrate empowering more than 50,000 girls since 2002,” said Courtney Berg, executive director of Girls on the Run St. Louis. “She is an outstanding example of the Girls on the Run core values in action. Her commitment to and champion for the role of girls and women in sports, the board room and beyond is an illustration to us all. “
A St. Louis native with a deep commitment to the City, Ms. Collier took on the challenge of building the first sustainable basketball franchise in St. Louis at the age of 23 years. After its seventh season, the Surge is two-time national champions with regular season games at Washington University Field House. Ms. Collier believes that her athletes are defined not just by their athletic skills, but by the strength of their character; players are not simply signing autographs, but signing over their legacy to the next generation to carry forward a new tradition in female leadership.
In a letter to the 2,300 Girls on the Run, Ms. Collier shared how teamwork and goal setting have played a role in her own life. “There will be a moment when you think to yourself, ‘can I do this?’ The answer is without question: YES! You are built for greatness and whatever you set your mind to is possible because you are simply you!”
Runners and walkers can join Ms. Collier in encouraging and empowering the young girls of St. Louis by participating in the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k run or one-mile fun run. The fun run begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 5k starts at 8:30 a.m. on November 17. Registration is $25 for adults through November 9, $30 from November 10-November 16 and $35 on race day. Children under 12 may register for $15 through November 9, $20 from November 10-November 16 and $25 on race day.
For more information or to register for the Girls on the Run St. Louis 5k on November 17, visit https://girlsontherunstlouis.org/run-our-5k
Girls on the Run St. Louis, founded in 2002, is now the second largest council in North America. Today, Girls on the Run St. Louis is in more than 400 schools across 23 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois. Visit www.girlsontherunstlouis.org to learn more about how you can empower a girl and empower a generation.